Something Old, Something New, and Something Else, by P. O. Dixon

Something Old, Something New, and Something Else, by P. O. Dixon

Something Old

I don’t know which of us was more excited when my daughter came across old hardcover Jane Austen-related books in her university library—her or me. Okay, it was me. I was more excited. The books she checked out are in such good condition, with publication dates ranging from 1818 to 1920.


The oldest of the three is Northanger Abbey, published in 1818. It’s 4”x6”. It is so tiny, it does not lend itself to being a very comfortable read. We’ll see.


Next up is The Story of Jane Austen’s Life. Its publication year is 1820. I’m looking forward to delving into this one.

Finally, there’s a 1920 edition of Pride and Prejudice. This is my favorite of the three, and it includes illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock. It’s somewhat worn and has markings here and there, but none of that will distract from the pleasure I will experience when reading it.


Something New

What’s new about these books, you may be asking? Why the covers, of course! They are new hardcover editions. As my schedule allows, I’m planning to rollout hardcover editions of several of my favorite book babies in the coming weeks. You may have noticed the hardcover edition of A Lasting Love Affair is a complete departure from the covers of ALLA in its other formats. I think I like this new look—a lot.


Something Else


Without further ado, here’s something else. I often chide myself for not writing enough when the truth is, I write every day. I will not go to sleep (even at 2 AM) without completing a daily journal entry. Naturally, I go through a lot of journals.

While preparing my hardcover editions for publication, I thought, why not create my own hardcover journals? Even if no one buys them but me, I’ll still be a happy camper. What a lovely treat! That said, hardcover notebooks make great presents—perchance like-minded scribblers will grab them too. I hope so.

I titled the initial series of hardcover journals, A Humor for Writing. While searching for the title, I came across this Jane Austen quote:

“I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am.”

How fitting a quote indeed, especially for me during most days.

The Peacock Series Cover Designs


Here’s the product description:

This lovely journal is just the thing for your writing needs, be it daily journaling, goal-setting, or jotting down memorable moments, ideas big and small, and other musings. What better way to inspire creativity. Makes the ideal gift for acquaintances with a penchant for writing at leisure.

  • Elegant and classic peacock themed design
  • Features a delightful witticism on writing from one of Jane Austen’s novels
  • Glossy, hardback is 6″x9″ with lined-pages
  • Ideally sized for desktops, nightstands, and travel
  • The perfect gift for nostalgia lovers of all ages

(The black notebook has a matte finish)

*Just in case you’re searching for a Mother’s Day gift, visit Amazon and search for “A Lady” + “A Humor for Writing” under All Departments or Books.

Giveaway Time!

Speaking of gifts, leave a comment for a chance to win a journal. One winner will be chosen. A US mailing address is required to receive this prize. Otherwise, the winner may claim a complimentary P. O. Dixon eBook. The contest ends Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Something More

Happy News! Two of my eBooks are currently on sale for only 99 cents!

First, By Reason, by Reflection, by Everything is part of BookBub’s International Featured Deals this week.

Second, To Refuse Such a Man is a part of an Amazon-exclusive Countdown Deal in the US and UK starting today.

Check your library. If either story is missing, grab your copy now!


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26 Responses to Something Old, Something New, and Something Else, by P. O. Dixon

  1. What beautiful journals that you have designed, Pam. There are several notebooks that I owned but I haven’t starting writing on it yet because they are too attractive for me to scribble on. As I’m not living in US, I would love an e-book instead. Thank you.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks so much for your kind words. I know how it feels to not want to write in some journals because they’re so attractive all too well. 🙂

  2. I’m with Eva; I’m surprised someone hasn’t stolen those copies. But, then, JA fans wouldn’t do that because they would want other fans to share in the experience, and other people wouldn’t have an interest to even know they were there.

    I always intend to write daily, at least my gratitude list, but never seem to get to it. Those are nice tho’.

    • Great points, Linda! Sometimes my daily scribbling consists of as few as a couple of sentences. I always end with an expression of gratitude. I’m glad you like the journals.

  3. What a great idea to design your own journal. I currently jot notes of what’s going on in my life at the end of every digital book I read. It’s fun to go back and re-read a book and get a glimpse into the minutiae of my past. Perhaps a journal would be a better idea lol

  4. You’d be surprised what treasures can be found hidden in a university/college libraries!
    Thank you for the giveaway and book offers.

  5. I love discovering old editions of books I love. The new covers look amazing and the journals are a wonderful idea.

  6. I love journals… and I journal every day if I can. I even decorate the pages. Yeah, it’s an addiction. Your journals are lovely and I like the different colors on the covers. Speaking of covers, Oh-My-Gosh, those new covers are beautiful. I really like them. You did an excellent job in choosing those. Blessings on all your hard work. I hope you plan something special for your daughter since she brought home such a delightful find for you. I mean… seriously, those are keepers. You might even ask the library if they would consider selling them to you. It couldn’t hurt. Stay safe and healthy.

  7. I am surprised that the books are still on the library shelf. The journals look lovely and what a great idea to create them! Thank you for the giveaway and keep writing!

    • It’s my pleasure, Eva! I’m delighted to know you think the journals are lovely. Creating them was quite diverting. As for the library books, I’m surprised too.

  8. I love the idea that you are planning hardcover editions of your work, and journals. I love my kindle, I love PBs, but nothing compares to a book with a hard cover. I hope you will make these available elsewhere besides amazon, as we no longer shop there. And I hope you enjoy your three library finds, including Northanger Abbey! With all best regards …

    • I’m delighted to know you enjoy hardcover books. I think they’re wonderful too. In time, I plan to sell my hardcover books and journals direct. Thanks so much!

  9. Awesome! I love the hard covers and I’m always looking for a new journal. I’ve even made a couple using some of my book covers. Love your books and appreciate that you also make them available at books to read. My niece gave me her old nook and I have books on both devices. Currently reading still a young man. Thanks for so many wonderful books over the years. Happy writing.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m delighted to know you’re a fan of books to read. It’s very convenient. Thanks so much for reading and enjoying my stories!

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